Preparedness does not come in a Box for many reasons. Commercial kits do not reflect you thought processes and skills. They are full of "items" that you have yet to make preparedness "concepts". You are forced to work for the enclosed gear, rather than the gear working for you. They lack essential items. Finally, they provide you with a false sense of security thinking you are prepared.
Design your personal emergency plan. Build you own kit with concepts that reflect your plan, not just "Stuff". Respond in a way that leaves you, your family, and your neighbors with the highest level of normality during disasters.
Typical Store-bought 72 Hour Kit
72 Hours...Really? Water, food, shelter, personal medicines, clothing?....I have not seen a commercially available kit that addresses most individual needs. Let's take a look at the typical commercial 72 hour kit at my right. How about the basics...WATER: 1 gallon per-person, per-day. The kit contains 12 pints. FOOD: 2,000 to 3,000 calories per day. The kit contains one 2,400 calorie food bar. LIGHTING: Headlamp outputs 70 lumens for 42 hours. Kit has (2) 3 lumen lightsticks that glow for 12 hours. Medications?...Clothing?...Are you getting the picture?
Consider for a moment these concepts. All preparedness is an extension of your mind, skills, and your abilities. It is not just about having the latest "stuff" or "gear". If you cannot articulate a plan and use you skills and resources to execute that plan, your disaster has just turned into a tragedy. Additionally, you are an individual. You have specific needs and requirements. These requirements could be medical, physical, mental, or emotional in nature. Also recognize that you have come to accept a certain normality in your life. The closer you can stay to your normality during a disaster, the healthier your response will be.
"PREPARED" To some that means relying on government institutions to provide for our needs. Others may feel friends and neighbors will be their safety net. Still others may be indifferent to the notion of preparing for disasters, supply-chain interruptions, and economic downturns. However there is a common thread. When it comes to emergency preparedness. Most people want one thing....TO BE DONE! In our fast paced and demanding society, it is hard to argue with that sentiment. Most buy the first ready-made kit they can find with the promise of being all you need....right? Not so fast.
Preparedness does not come in a Box!